Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Sailing

American duos gain spots in Rio

CLEARWATER — New Zealand's Peter Burling and Blair Tuke clinched the 49er class at the World Championships off Clearwater Beach on Sunday. Louisa Chafee, daughter of Rhode Island governor and former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee, was named to the U.S. Olympic team for this summer's Games in Rio de Janeiro along with partner Bora Gulari in the Nacra 17 class. Also making the U.S. team: Thomas Barrows and Joe Morris in the 49er class and Paris Henken and Helena Scutt, who qualified Friday in 49erFX. France's Billy Besson and Marie Riou won the Nacra 17 class championship.

Soccer

EPL title race gets tighter

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur grabbed late winning goals against title rivals to move two points off the lead in the English Premier League. Danny Welbeck scored in the fifth minute of stoppage time to lead host Arsenal past EPL leader Leicester City 2-1; Christian Eriksen's goal in the 83rd minute guided the Spurs past host Manchester City 2-1.

Rowdies: The NASL team lost at home to MLS club D.C. United 1-0 in an exhibition late Saturday at Al Lang Stadium.

Women: Christine Sinclair had her 159th career goal, passing American Mia Hamm for second on the women's career list, as Canada defeated Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying in Houston. Retired U.S. forward Abby Wambach has 184 goals.

Tennis

American teen denied in final

Seventh-ranked Kei Nishikori won his fourth straight Memphis Open title, defeating American teen Taylor Fritz 6-4, 6-4. Fritz, 18, already was the youngest American since Michael Chang won Wembley in 1989 at 17 to reach an ATP Tour final.

Women: Top seed Venus Williams overpowered Misaki Doi 6-4, 6-2 to win the Taiwan Open in Kaohsiung without dropping a set in the tourney.

ET CETERA

College football: LSU hired Auburn co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig as its receivers coach. Craig played quarterback at Auburn (1994-97) and was quarterbacks coach at Florida State (2010-12). … Bowling Green wide receiver Gehrig Dieter is transferring to Alabama and will be eligible to play right away as a graduate transfer.

Horses: Jockey Jose Ferrer recorded his 4,000th career victory, aboard Rocket Bottle ($11.60) in Race 5, a $16,000 maiden claiming sprint at Tampa Bay Downs in Oldsmar. The 3-year-old filly is owned and trained by Robert Smith. Ferrer, 51, a resident of Tampa and native of Puerto Rico, started his racing career in 1982.

Bowling: Anthony Simonsen became the youngest major champion on the PBA Tour, winning the U.S. Bowling Congress Masters in Indianapolis at 19 years, 39 days. Hall of Famer Mike Aulby was 19 years, 83 days when he won the 1979 PBA National Championship.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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